Thank you for that information Duncan.
Yes, you are right it does appear that the children are *alone*. I have seen the Strand details before, but I was hoping that maybe the parent's would turn up somewhere else on the Beith census as i know that they were still alive at this time .. but alas!
Are you aware whether the rest of Ayr has been archived and available? Thomas Thorburn was the father of these children and was a Shoemaker of Whang St. Beith in 1837.
I was also hoping to stumble upon other kin. I've been quite lucky with my searching on the Kerr side actually.
I do thank you, once again, for your post.